I have a confession. I want this blog to be the best. I want it to inspire and motivate and be perfect. I have issues with that… perfection. It has haunted me all my life. Maybe it stems from a deep seeded need from my childhood. A need to be in control or to be worthy of love. Whatever the cause… it’s a problem. The Pinterest craze hasn’t helped either. You know what I’m talking about… all those beautiful homes and recipes and crafts. I love Pinterest. LOVE IT. But I just can’t live up to it. And if I’m not careful, I end up with a distorted view of myself and what my life should be like.
I don’t have the perfect marriage, perfect family, perfect house, or perfect spiritual life. People use the internet to create an idealized version of their life. I am guilty too. My photos are always edited before being uploaded to Facebook. And I cringe when I’m tagged in someone else’s photos… because I know it is likely not flattering at all! It’s easy to hide behind social media. I can control exactly what everyone sees of me and create the perfect person that I want to be.
I want this blog to be an inspiration. Not in a “How wonderful am I?” sort of way. I want to encourage an authentic life of faith, love, creativity, and thankfulness. I want to be an assurance that you are not alone and a reminder that God’s grace is sufficient and His power is made perfect in weakness. (2 Corinthians 12:9). It’s okay to be vulnerable and imperfect. If we were perfect we wouldn’t need Christ. Ironically, Christ is the “perfect” example of suffering, vulnerability, and, thankfully, triumph.
I don’t intend to glorify my shortcomings. Rather, my desire is to glorify God in spite of my shortcomings, including the fact that I sometimes strive for a skewed view of perfection. I hope that this blog will be a real look at a real life. I hope that I can post about my latest creative endeavor or my latest struggle, such as not reading my bible daily. And I hope, by God’s grace, it will help us all grow in love and faith.
What about you? Can you relate to the pressure of putting on a front for social media? I’d love to hear that I’m not the only one! 🙂
The Ugly Truth
I read, reread, asked my husband to read, proofread, and read again so that this post would be perfect. Wow.